MJJ Vault 1978-2008

Demos and unreleased material from Michael Jackson’s recording sessions

OFF THE WALL YEARS (1978-1981)

 

-Can’t Get Outta The Rain : Recorded in 1978 & released in 1982 (The Girl Is Mine single)

Shake A Body (demo version of Shake Your Body) : Recorded in 1978 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set)

-Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & released in 2001 (Off The Wall Special Edition)

Working Day & Night (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & released in 2001 (Off The Wall Special Edition)

She’s Out Of My Life (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & released in 2009 (This Is It)

I Can’t Help It (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & played in 2013/2014 during fan conventions “In Studio With Michael”. Full demo leaked online in 2015. Remains unreleased.

When You Wish Upon A Star : Recorded in 1980 for Disney’s 25th anniversary. Used in a Disney Channel Special TV Show in 1980 and at the end of “The Legend Continues” documentary in 1987. Remains unreleased.

I Never Heard (This Is It) : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. New remix released in 2009 (This Is It). Snippet from the original demo leaked but full demo remains unreleased.

Love Never Felt So Good  : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka & leaked in 2006. Original demo + 2 new remixes (including one by Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake) released in 2014 (Xscape)

-Don’t Matter To Me : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. A snippet is used and released in 2018 on Drake’s song “Don’t Matter To Me”. Original demo remains unreleased.

THRILLER YEARS (1982-1984)

 

-Billie Jean (demo 1) : Recorded in 1981 & released in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition)

-Billie Jean (demo 2) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked online. Remains unreleased.

-Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (demo) : Recorded in 1982, leaked online & released in 2009 (This Is It)

-Beat It (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2009 (This Is It)

-The Girl Is Mine (solo demo) : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 1994 & released in 2008 (The Girl Is Mine 2008 single)

-The Lady In My Life (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked online. Remains unreleased.

-Baby Be Mine (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Someone In The Dark : Recorded in 1982 & released in 1982 (ET Storybook) and in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition).

-Starlight (demo version of Thriller) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

-Pretty Young Thing/PYT (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

-Sunset Driver (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

-Got The Hots : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2008 (bonus track on Thriller 25 Japonese Edition)

-Slapstick (demo version of Hot Street) Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

-Hot Street (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

-Trouble (demo 1) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

-Trouble (demo 2) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

-Nightline (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

-Carousel/Circus Girl : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 2008  & released in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition).

-For All Time (demo) : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 2002 & released in 2008 (Thriller 25)

Behind The Mask : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2010 (Michael) as a remix. Original demo remains unreleased.

Much Too Soon : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2010 as a remix (Michael). Original demo remains unreleased.

-State Of Shock (demo with Freddie Mercury) Recorded in 1983 & leaked in 2002. Remains unreleased.

-There Must Be More To Life Than This (demo with Freddie Mercury) Recorded in 1983 & leaked in 2002.  A remixed version was released in 2014 (Queen Forever Deluxe Edition). Original demo remains unreleased.

-Scared Of The Moon (demo) : Recorded in 1984 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set)

-Billie Jean (Pepsi version) : Recorded in 1983 & used in Pepsi commercials in 1984. Remains unreleased.

BAD YEARS (1985-1988)

 

-We Are The World (demo) : Recorded in 1985 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set)

-We Are Here To Change The World : Recorded in 1985, used in Captain Eo in 1986 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

-Another Part Of Me (Captain Eo version) : Recorded in 1985 & used in Captain Eo in 1986. Different version released in 1987 (Bad) but Captain Eo version remains unreleased.

Speed Demon (demo) : Short snipped leaked in 2018 but full demo remains unreleased.

-Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (Spanish version of I Just Can’t Stop Loving You) : Recorded & released in 1987.

-Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (French version of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”) : Recorded in 1987, leaked in 2007 & released in 2012 (Bad 25)

Groove Of Midnight : Recorded in 1987, a snippet leaked in 2003. Full demo remains unreleased.

-Streetwalker : Recorded in 1987 & released in 2001 (Bad Special Edition)

-Cheater (demo) : Recorded in 85-57 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

-Fly Away (demo) : Recorded in 85-87, released as a duet with Rebbie Jackson in 1998 (Yours Faithfully) and as a solo demo in 2001 (Bad Special Edition).

-Don’t Be Messin’ Around (demo) : Recorded in 85-87 & released in 2012 (Bad 25).

-I’m So Blue (demo) : Recorded in 1985-87 & released in 2012 (Bad 25).

-Song Groove/Abortion Papers (demo) : Recorded in 85-87 & released in 2012 (Bad 25).

Do You Know Where Your Children Are : Recorded in 85-87 and leaked in 2010. Original demo + new remix released in 2014 (Xscape)

-Free (demo) : Recorded in 85-87 & released in 2012 (Bad 25).

-Price Of Fame (demo) : Recorded in 1986 & released in 2012 (Bad 25).

-Price Of Fame (Pepsi version) : Recorded in 1986. Leaked in 2017. Remains unreleased.

Al Capone (demo) : Recorded in 85-87 & released in 2012 (Bad 25).

Loving You : Recorded in 85-87. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released in 2014 (Xscape)

Bad (Pepsi version) : Recorded in 1987 & used in Pepsi commercials in 1987. Remains unreleased.

Come Together : Recorded in 1987, used in Moowalker in 1988. Released in 1995 (History)

-Throwin’ Your Life Away : A short snippet leaked in 2018. The full demo remains unreleased.

Deep In The Night : Written in 1987. Run time: 4:00. Snippet leaked online.The full demo remains unreleased.

 

DANGEROUS YEARS (1989-1993)

 

I’ll Be There (Adult version) : Recorded in 1989, used in a Pepsi commercial in 1992. Remains unreleased.

Mind Is The Magic : Recorded in 1989 & released in 1995.

-Who Is It (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

-Keep The Faith (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

In The Closet (solo demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Gone Too Soon (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Give In To Me (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Dangerous (demo) : Recorded in 1991, leaked in 1994 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).-

-Someone Put Your Hand Out (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991. Snippets leaked in 2018 but full demo remains unreleased.

Someone Put Your Hand Out : Recorded in 1989-1991 & released in 1992 (Pepsi exclusive promo cassette single) and in 2004 on CD (The Ultimate Collection).

Monkey Business : Recorded in 1989, leaked in 2002 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

She Got It (demo) : Recorded in 1989 & leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

Serious Effect (demo) : Recorded in 1989 & leaked online in 2005  but remains unreleased.

Work That Body (demo) Recorded in 1989 & leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

Man In Black : Written and recorded during the dangerous album sessions (1989-1991). Planned for release on the later cancelled greatest hits compilation album “Decade 1979-1989”. One of around 20–25 songs that Michael and Bryan Loren worked on. A low quality snippet in 2018 but full demo remains unreleased.

If You Don’t Love Me : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

Happy Birthday Lisa : Recorded in 1991 & leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased.

Do The Bartman : Recorded in 1991 & released in 1991 (The Simpsons)

What About Us (demo version of Earth Song) : Recorded in 1991 & leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased.

Black Or White (Pepsi version)  : Recorded in 1991 & used in a Pepsi commercial in 1992. Remains unreleased.

Blood On The Dance Floor : Recorded in 1989-1991 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor) 

-Superfly Sister : Recorded in 1989-1991 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor)

-Bumper Snippet : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked in 2004. Remains unreleased.

Planet Earth : Recorded in 1991 & released in 2009 (This Is It)

-Slave To The Rhythm : Demo recorded in 1991. A remix leaked in 2010. A virtual duet with Justin Bieber featuring new vocals from MJ leaked in 2013. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released in 2014 (Xscape).

-Ghost of Another Lover : Bootleg snippet leaked online without intro in low quality. Full demo remains unreleased.

-Jane Is A Groupie : Written and recorded during “Dangerous” album sessions. Incomplete and repetitive draft. Short edited snippet leaked online. Run time: 3:43. Full demo remains unreleased.-

Family Thing (demo) : Recorded in 1993 but never completed. Planned song for Addams Family Values movie. Cancelled due to allegations of 1993. Also known as “Addams’s Groove”, “Family values”, or “Family morales”. Demo leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

 

HISTORY YEARS (1994-1997)

 

Is It Scary : Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

-Ghost : Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

Face : Failed to make the HIStory album. Also known as “Face” The song is about African pride. Michael Jackson has never recorded any vocals on this track except the introduction words. Originally intended to feature a spoken intro by South African Nelson Mandela made by Jackson on the demo. Features a performance by the percussion group STOMP. The song has never been completed due to Mandela’s advisors not allowing him to send back the song to Jackson with his intro because of the scandals surrounding him during this time. Short low quality snippet leaked online. Full demo remains unreleased.

In The Back (demo) : Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Morphine : Recorded 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor)

Why : Recorded in 1994 & released in 1995 as a duet with 3T (Brotherhood). Solo demo remains unreleased.

On The Line : Recorded in 1994-1996 & released in 1997 (Ghosts Box Set)

Elizabeth I Love You :  Recorded in 1997 & used in 1997 for a TV Show celebrating Elizabeth Taylor’s 65th birthday. A snippet from the studio version leaked in 2010. The full studio version remains unreleased.

 

INVINCIBLE YEARS (1998-2004)

 

People Of The World : Released only in Japan in 1998 for the Japanese children’s choir J-Friends. Solo demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

-What More Can I Give (solo demo) :  Recorded in 1998. 9/11 Charity song recorded in 2001 & released in 2003. Leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

Rampage : Written and recorded in 1999. Snippet is online. Remains unreleased.

Shout : Recorded in 2001 & released in 2001 (Cry single).

-One More Chance : Recorded in 1999-2001 & released in 2003 (Number Ones).

Fall Again (demo) : Recorded in 1999 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

We Be Ballin : Recorded in 1999-2001 and leaked in 2009. Remains unreleased.

– (I Can’t Make It) Another Day : Recorded in 1999-2001 & released in 2010 as a remix (Michael). Original demo remains unreleased.

-She Was Loving Me (Chicago) : Recorded in 1999. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released in 2014 (Xscape)

-A Place with No Name : Recorded in 1998-2008, snippet leaked in 2009Full song leaked in 2013. Original demo + new remix by Stargate released in 2014 (Xscape)

Blue Gangsta :  Recorded in 1998, snippet known as “No Friend Of Mine” leaked in 2006 and full song leaked in 2010. Original demo + new remix released in 2014 (Xscape)

-Xscape : Recorded in 1999-2001 & leaked in 2002. Original demo + new remix by Darkchild released in 2014 (Xscape).

Hollywood Tonight : Recorded in 1999-2007. A remixed version featuring Taryll Jackson was released in 2010 (Michael). Demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

-Get Your Weight Off Of Me : Written and recorded in 2001 during the Invincible sessions with Rodney Jerkins (1999-2001). Finalized and mixed in 2004. One of numerous tracks recorded with Rodney Jerkins that is vocally complete and ready for release. Often referred to with the wrong title (“Can’t Get Your Weight Off Of Me”), Only three very short (6/2/2 seconds) snippets are online. Run time: 5:17. Full demo remains unreleased.

Cheater (2001) : Reworked during Invincible sessions (1999-2001). Failed to make the Invincible album; Features rapper “Fats”. Short snippet leaked online but remains unreleased.

-We’ve Had Enough : Recorded in 1999-2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set)

Seeing Voices : Recorded in 1999. Frank Casio auctionned a demo tape in May 2014. Leaked online in 2016 but remains unreleased.

Beautiful Girl : Recorded in 2002-2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

-(I Like) The Way You Love Me : Recorded in 2002-2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set) + new remix released in 2010 (Michael)

-Best Of Joy : Recorded in 2002-2004 & released in 2010 (Michael).

-All In Your Name : Recorded in 2002 & released in 2011.

-I Am A Looser : Demo recorded in 2003. Leaked in 2013 but remains unreleased.

-Days In Gloucestershire  : Demo recorded in 2004 at Neverland & leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

 

THE FINAL YEARS (2005-2008)

 

I Was A Looser : New version of “I Am A Looser” recorded in 2008. Short snippet leaked online but full demo remains unreleased.

Hold My Hand (duet with Akon) * : Demo recorded in 2008 & leaked in 2008. New remix released in 2010 (Michael). Original demo remains unreleased.

 

* To this day, the last song known to have been recorded by Michael 40 years after Big Boy…